Canada’s Minister for International Cooperation, Beverley Oda, announced today a partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to strengthen primary health care systems and provision of services in Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of Canada’s Muskoka Initiative to improve the health of women and children.
“Canada is proud to support the work of PAHO in the Americas. This project will reduce the mortality and morbidity rates of women, newborns, and children, as well as of vulnerable populations in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean,” said Minister Oda. “The region has experienced very significant achievements in providing maternal health services and saving lives. This project, part of Canada’s Muskoka Initiative, ensures the continuity of these developments and will bring us closer to achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015,” she said.
The Minister made this speech to the 51st Directing Council on behalf of the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.